KJ_SeriesThe year 2020 was not what we thought it would be. In six short months, the world turned upside down, and life became dramatically different. For many, loss has a powerful grip, and the reminders are all around us. For the past several years, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and New York Life Foundation have partnered to present the New York Life Award, recognizing and empowering students who express their grief through creativity. As we reflect on loss, healing, bereavement, and hope on National Children’s Grief Awareness Day, we want to share creative tools.  

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SKY STOCKTON, Why We Run, Film & Animation. Grade 12, St. Joseph High School, Saint Joseph, MI.

 

The New York Life Award was created in partnership with the New York Life Foundation to encourage teens whose works explore personal grief, loss, and bereavement. These brave students have created masterful works of art and writing that are not only an outlet for expression, but relatable stories that can help others struggling with loss. The Award is presented to six students in grades 7-12, along with $1,000 scholarships.

 

Congratulations to the 2020 New York Life Award national recipients! Read More

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CLIO SMITH, Teach Me, Grandpa, Drawing & Illustration. Grade 11, Age 16. Folsom High School, Folsom, CA. New York Life Award

CLIO SMITH, Teach Me, Grandpa, Drawing & Illustration. Grade 11, Age 16. Folsom High School, Folsom, CA. New York Life Award

The New York Life Award was created in partnership with the New York Life Foundation to encourage bereaved teens to express their grief over the loss of a close loved one through art or writing. The Award is presented to six students in grades 7–12, along with a $1,000 scholarship.

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Still from Just Another File, Film & Animation by Raymond Tang

Still from Just Another File, Film & Animation by Raymond Tang

Dealing with the loss of a loved one at a young age can be difficult, but making art and writing can be useful ways for teens to process their grief. In 2016, the Scholastic Awards partnered with the New York Life Foundation to encourage grieving students to find a creative outlet to handle the emotions that come from experiencing loss at a young age. Through this partnership, the New York Life Award was created to honor six teenagers whose original works of art and writing helped them deal with their grief. Each Award also comes with a $1,000 scholarship.

Congratulations to the 2017 New York Life Award recipients: Gabrielle Broome, Benjamin Cruz, Ali Gaarsland, Melissa Lu, Alexa Russell, and Raymond Tang! Read More

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Paris Ebersviller. What We Forget. Grade 12, Age 17. 2012 New York Life Award, Painting.
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Sadly, one in seven students experiences the death of a loved one by age 20. Finding the right people to talk to and expressing themselves freely can be enormously helpful to students. The New York Life Award gives grieving students a unique outlet for learning to cope with the death of a loved one. We are honored to be able to continue this very special opportunity through the 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

As in previous years, the New York Life Foundation will provide 6 students with $1,000 awards and national recognition for their original works that express their personal experiences with grief and loss in any of our 25 categories. The deadline for submitting works varies by region from December 15 to January 15. For a collection of New York Life Award-winning art and writing from the 2011 and 2012 Scholastic Awards, visit our online galleries.

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Every year the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers is fortunate to witness the incredible talent of creative teens from across the country who submit their work to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The words we read and the artwork we view tell a multitude of stories about the experiences of teenagers from all walks of life. On September 15 we will once again open registration for students in grades 7 through 12 to submit their work in 30 categories of art and writing. We know that we’ll see a breadth of imagination and a depth of emotion. And now, thanks to a sponsorship by the New York Life Foundation, we will also be able to encourage students who are dealing with issues of loss and bereavement by offering six very special scholarships to select award winners. Read More